Assessment of the Implementation of Public Procurement Act in the Award of Contracts in Edo State, Nigeria
Authors: Simon-Eigbe BO
The public procurement act was enacted by the government of Nigeria to address the weaknesses in the public procurement of goods and services. Effective implementation of the procurement manual among construction project parties has not been achieved due to conflict of interest among construction parties. This study X-rayed the factors affecting the implementation of public procurement act in Edo state, Nigeria. Professionals in the works department, consultants and registered contractors with the ministry of works constitute the target population. A total of 83 questionnaires were administered and a total of 62 were returned and considered fit for analysis. The factors affecting the implementation were identified as resistance to change, pervading corruption, and procurement process being too long and expensive, delay in passing budget among others. Also, ways of improving the implementation of the act were identified and the result revealed that improved effectiveness of the anti-corruption agencies in investigating and prosecuting infractions, implementation of training and learning programs, and improved transparency are more effective. It is recommended that that the due process office should create more awareness to the general public on the activity of the agency in relation to the procurement of goods and services.
Affiliations: Department of Quantity Surveying, School of Environmental Studies, Auchi Polytechnic, PMB 13, Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria
Keywords: Construction Contract, Due Process, Edo State, Implementation, Procurement
Published date: 2020/06/30